Finasteride 1 mg Tablets contain finasteride. Finasteride belongs to the group of medicines called 5-
alpha reductase inhibitors.
Your doctor or pharmacist has prescribed Finasteride 1 mg Tablets because you have male pattern hair loss (also
known as androgenetic alopecia). Finasteride 1 mg Tablets prevent further hair loss in men. Men with
mild to moderate, but not complete hair loss, can benefit from using Finasteride 1 mg Tablets.
Finasteride 1 mg Tablets block an important enzyme (Type II 5α-reductase), which is involved in the
regulation of the hair follicle.
In the scalp, Finasteride 1 mg Tablets specifically lower the levels of DHT, a major cause of male
pattern hair loss. In this way, Finasteride 1 mg Tablets help to reverse the balding process and prevent
further hair loss.
Uses / Instructions
One tablet must be taken every day for as long as you wish to combat hair loss. Improvement is usually seen at 3-6 months. You must continue taking for as long as you want hair, stopping will reverse the hair gain you got from treatment.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Finasteride 1 mg Tablets
Determination of prostate–specific-antigen (PSA) in serum should be carried out prior to initiating therapy with finasteride and during treatment.
Finasteride may affect male fertility. Patients who are planning to father a child should consider stopping treatment.
Mood alterations and depression
Mood alterations such as depressed mood, depression and, less frequently, suicidal thoughts have been reported in patients treated with Finasteride 1 mg. If you experience any of these symptoms stop taking Finasteride 1 mg and contact your doctor for further medical advice as soon as possible.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Some of the side effects are temporary with continued treatment or disappear when treatment is stopped.
Stop taking Finasteride 1 mg Tablets and immediately contact a doctor if you have any of the following experience:
- Symptoms of an allergic reaction: swelling of your lips, face, tongue and throat; difficulty swallowing; lumps under your skin (hives) and breathing difficulties.
- Depression (feelings of severe sadness and unworthiness).
You should promptly report to your doctor any changes in the breast tissue such as lumps, pain, enlargement of the breast tissue or nipple discharge as these may be signs of a serious condition, such as breast cancer
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people):
- less desire to have sex
- difficulty having an erection
- problems with ejaculation such as a decrease in the amount of semen released during sex.
See patient information leaflet for further details.
The active substance is finasteride. One film-coated tablet contains 1 mg of finasteride.
The other ingredients are –
Tablet core: Lactose monohydrate; cellulose, microcrystalline (E460); Starch, pregelatinised (maize);
sodium starch glycolate (type-A); lauryl macrogolglycerides; magnesium stearate (E572).
Film coating: Hypromellose (E464), titanium dioxide (E171), macrogol 6000, iron oxide red (E172), iron oxide yellow (E172).
Please note the other ingredients will vary depending on the brand you receive, these ingredients are for the accord brand of generics. See the patient information leaflet of the pack you receive for a full list of ingredients.